Breath Made Visible


Breath Made Visible is the first feature length film about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts such as the late Merce Cunningham, archival footage, including her establishment of the first multiracial dance company in the U.S., and excerpts of current performances such as “Parades and Changes” at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, to weave a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons in modern dance. (80 minutes)



  • Directed by: Ruedi Gerber
  • Written by: Ruedi Gerber
  • Producer: Ruedi Gerber, Mike King
  • Cinematography: Adam Teichman
  • Editing: Françoise Dumoulin, C. Peters
  • Sound Editing: Margaret Crimmins
  • Rerecording Sound Mix: Tony Volante
  • Music: Mario Grigorov


  • Anna Halprin and Sea Ranch Collective

Awards & Reviews

Best 2010 Documentary Film

Dance Magazine

“Packed with illuminating interviews and lyrical movement, “Breath Made Visible” portrays a woman with angels in her feet and innovation in her blood. Long may she rock.”

The New York Times

“A loving, energetically composed documentary treatment that makes a convincing case for her place in American cultural and social history.”

New York Magazine

“It's hard to overestimate the influence the dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin has had on New York dance, even though she has made a point of staying far from the city [...].”

The New York Times, Julie Bloom

“Engaging. Illustrative. The quintessential Left Coast choreographer Anna Halprin has helped push the boundaries of modern dance.”

San Francisco Chronicle, Leba Hertz

“Ms. Halprin becomes quite as rich a subject for film as Ms.Monk: another odd face, another wonderfully calm (though ardently enthusiastic) and open talker, another (and senior) artist who responds to both politics and scenery.”

The New York Times

Interview of Anna Halprin

Houston Chronicle

“While numerous dance documentaries are available on DVD, few cast off the toe shoes and dig their feet into the soil with quite the earthiness of Gerber's film. Stunningly candid, Breath Made Visible takes audiences into the heart and mind of a woman who has never stopped using dance as a means of communication -- or as a method of teaching people of all ages how to get in touch with their bodies”

George Heymont, Huffington Post

Audience Award - Mill Valley Film Festival

“Anna Halprin's remarkable life as a guiding light of experimental, avant-garde dance is glowingly profiled by filmmaker Ruedi Gerber.”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


April 6th 2017

Tanzhaus Zürich​

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Festival
Screening in four different cities
Poland, March 2014

Tamalpa Institute Korea
Seoul, March 2014

April 16th 2014

Art Doc Festival
Rome, Italy

May 21st 2014

Independent Cinema Office
London, UK

August 31st 2014

Swiss Sculpture Sxhibition, Festivals LE MOUVEMENT
Biel, Switzerland

November 13th 2011

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA

May 14th – 15th 2011

O Cinema
Miami, FL

April 11th 2011

Portland Jewish Film Festival
NWFilm Center
Portland, OR

March 18th – 27th 2011

Montpelier, VT

April 1st – 3rd 2011

St. Johnsbury, VT
Green Mountain Film Festival

February 20th – 27th 2011

Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona, AZ

January 27th 2011

Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival
Las Vegas, NV

January 27th 2011

O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

Mill Valley, CA

January 20th – 22nd 2011

Court Square Theater
Harrisonburg, VA

January 23rd 2011

Tuscon International Jewish Film Festival
Tucson, AZ

November 21st 2010

Rafael Film Center
San Rafael, CA

November 21st 2010

BigArts Center
Sanibel, FL

November 20th 2010

Teaneck International Film Festival
Teaneck, NJ

November 20th 2010

O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

Mill Valley, CA

November 13th – 14th 2010

Cinéma du Parc
Montreal, QC

November 20th – 21st 2010

Cinéma du Parc
Montreal, QC

September 17th – 19th 2010

Canada Premiere

Webster University Film Series
St Louis, MO

September 17th – 18th 2010

Portland Art Museum
NW FilmCenter, Portland, OR

July 18 & August 17, 2010

Arena Theater
Point Arena, CA

July 9th – 11th 2010

Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, TX

Cosponsored by the Jewish Community Center and the Pink Ribbons Project

June 4th – July 8th 2010

The Screen
Santa Fe, NM

June 3rd – 6th 2010

Time and Space Limited
Hudson, NY

May 21st – 27th 2010

Denver Film Society
Denver, CO

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